Head coach Bill Belichick has to trim his roster to 53 players and the New England Patriots have just cut a running back. It was a surprising move for the team, but Belichick has his way of doing things.
The Patriots had nice depth at running back before their latest move. They cut J.J. Taylor right before the start of the new season. Fans are really surprised mostly because they predicted a good role for Taylor on the 2022 roster.
Taylor, 24, joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He saw action in 11 games, delivering 147 rushing yards and four scores. Losing Taylor may not be such a big blow for the team. Belichick has Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson. The latter showed decent performance last season and Belichick likes his potential. Stevenson will have a big role on the football field in September, meaning there isn’t much room for Taylor.
Ty Montgomery sustained an injury, but Belichick will have him in the fold sooner than expected. He is incredibly versatile which makes him a good option for the team.
Patriots cut young running back, other potential contributors
Taylor wasn’t the only surprising cut for the Patriots. The team decided to part ways with Lil’Jordan Humphrey after the preseason. This cut shocked each and every Patriots fan. Humphrey was brilliant in the preseason, delivering 13 catches for 139 yards and a score. Why did the Patriots get of him? Belichick needs receivers and tight ends. He also got rid of Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene.
Mike Reiss from ESPN reported that the Patriots also cut Terrence Mitchell. They released Malcolm Butler and Mitchell was supposed to get a bigger role. No, Belichick plans to use Jalen Mills and Jonathan Jones.
Cameron McGrone won’t be a Patriot in 2022, too.
Yes, Belichick had to make a lot of moves and there will be a lot of unexpected moves. He has to enter the season with 53 players. We have a feeling that Belichick will continue changing the roster after the deadline.